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Celebrate the Holidays at Queens Library!

Gather your family and friends and celebrate the holiday season at the Library!

Join us for Christmas tree decorating, Kwanzaa celebrations, Hanukkah crafts, concerts, movies, and more.

Plus, you can view our collections of recommended holiday books and holiday movies, available to borrow from your community ...

It’s Time for Kind

It’s time for kind at the Library and beyond this holiday season.

At all Queens Library locations, you can join us for many special programs for people of all ages.

You can also donate to our canned food drive in partnership with the Food Bank For NYC from November 19 to 30, share ...

All of Us Deserve Palaces

Eric Klinenberg, author of the new book Palaces for The People, advocates for libraries as part of social infrastructure that promotes interactions between people from all walks of life.

“I became a scholar because I learned to love libraries,” Klinenberg says. While working on ...

Winter Health & Safety Tips

As the temperatures drop in New York City, it’s important to focus on health and safety when braving the cold this season.

Dr. David Slotwiner, chief of Cardiology, and Dr. Jeffrey Rosen, chairman, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, and their fellow physicians from ...

Spend Time Thinking about Your Dreams

Alice Robb has always been curious about her own dreams—which she says “have been very vivid for as long as I can remember.”

Her new book, Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey, is a fresh approach to explain how dreams work, what dreams are for, and how dreams ...

Holiday Places in Queens

We asked Joe DiStefano, author of 111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss, to share his favorite locations in Queens that embody the spirit of the holidays.

He chose places like the Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society, Gottscheer Hall, the Flushing Free Synagogue, and more.

Be sure to visit them, ...

Give the Gift of Reading, Lifelong Learning & Community

Giving to the Queens Library Foundation supports programs, services, and collections for our diverse communities across Queens.

When you give, you are helping neighbors—children, families, adults, and seniors—access free resources like our STACKS after-school program, English language and job skills classes, and our ...

The World Is Wide Enough for Us All

Genevieve Cogman is a British fantasy writer whose fifth book in the Invisible Library series was published this November.

She told Queens Library Magazine about how the rules of the library in her books were established, her writing process, influences, and more.

“We get far more out of ...

QI 2018: Celebrate Queens Artists in the Library

Queens International 2018: Volumes (QI 2018) opened at the Queens Museum in October, and on Saturday, November 10, for the first time ever, the Queens International will extend offsite, with art installations in three Queens Library branches: Lefrak City, Flushing, and Central Library in Jamaica.

Since it ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your winter adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore local museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, ...

Dec
10
6:30PM

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7:30PM

New York Cares Presents: Computers for Beginners

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Learn the basics: how to open an email account, navigate the Internet and use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel programs.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Dec
11
1:00PM

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2:00PM

It's Time for Kind: Stress Management

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

One of the greatest acts of kindness we can do for ourselves is to become aware of our stress, its impact, and learn some healthy and simple strategies to manage it. In this workshop, we will do just that! We will practice stress management and do a brief, light stretch so wear comfortable clothing. And since caring is sharing, increase the kindness! Bring a friend and de-stress together!
Presenter: Merryl Reichbach, LCSW, Program Manager of SHAREing and CAREing


Dec
11
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Knitting and Crafts with Shahnaz

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Come knit and make crafts with local artist Shahnaz! Supplies will be provided, but are limited: first- come, first-served.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Dec
12
10:15AM

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10:45AM

Storytime

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Children ages 1-3 and their adult caregivers are invited to share books, songs, and fun! Space is limited; please pick up a ticket at the children's libarian desk prior to the program.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Dec
12
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Storytime

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Children ages 1-3 and their adult caregivers are invited for books, songs, and fun! Space is limited; please pick up a ticket at the children's libarian desk prior to the program.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Dec
12
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Moving for Life

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Moving for Life incorporates gentle warm-ups, light aerobics, and targeted strengthening in a way that is fun and enjoyable for all! Workouts can be done seated or standing. You are encouraged to do what is comfortable and modify based on your energy, range of motion, or fitness level. We start where you are, so don’t worry if you haven’t been moving in a while. This program is first-come, first- served and for adults 18 and older.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Dec
12
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Virtual Reality Experience

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Step into the world of Virtual Reality (VR). Join us for a VR experience like no other. See the world, experience art in 3D, play a game, or watch a 360-degree video! This program is for ages 18+ or 13+ with parental/guardian permission. No registration required; first-come, first-served.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Dec
13
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Mobile Device Computer Classes

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Bring your Google Android or Apple IOS device and learn how to use it.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Dec
13
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Healing Learning Circle for Women! (in Bengali)

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

You will learn information about health, education, children's behavior, cultural competencies, healthy relationships, and resources for immigrant victims of domestic violence.


Dec
13
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Escape the Room!

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Using only your wits, you have an hour to escape Dr. Johnson's lab and avert the zombie apocalypse! This is an escape the room game for teens and tweens.


Dec
14
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Babywearing Education

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Do you have a baby carrier you've been meaning to use, but feel overwhelmed every time you try? Are you familiar with babywearing safety? Babywearing International of NYC's team of volunteer babywearing educators are here to help! Explore our baby carrier lending and teaching library, or bring your own carrier from home to get hands-on support.

All caregivers are welcome. Meetings are baby, toddler, and older child-friendly.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Dec
14
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Shake, Toddle, & Roll: Music for Toddlers With Richard Younger

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Come make joyful music with purveyor of fine tunes Richard Younger! No registration required; space is limited.


Dec
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Chess Club with New York Cares

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

New York Cares offers chess lessons for beginners, and an opportunity for experienced players to get in the games.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Dec
15
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Celebrate a Filipino Christmas with Queens Library!

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

1. Filipino Christmas Caroling
2. Parol making demonstration: Parol is a Christmas Lantern, a traditional iconic symbol of the Filipino Christmas Spirit.
3. Spice of Life: How to make puto maya, sweet sticky rice with fresh mangoes cooked in coconut milk.


Dec
20
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Chain Theatre Presents A Live Radio Show: It's A Wonderful Life

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Join us for this Christmas classic staged in the style of a radio drama that follows the life of George Bailey as he learns the true spirit of the holidays.


Dec
21
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Playtime

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Come enjoy an hour of free play with us here at Woodside, as we build with blocks and play with toys! For toddlers ages 1-3 years old and their caregivers. No registration required, but space is limited. First-come, first-served.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Dec
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Snowman Wrap!

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

We had so much fun wrapping ourselves in toilet paper for the Halloween Mummy Wrap that we decided to do it again! Come join us for the first annual Woodside Snowman Wrap for kids, tweens, and teens. No registration required, but supplies are limited.


Dec
29
2:30PM

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4:30PM

It's Time for Kind: Family Movie

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

This holiday season, Queens Library is celebrating acts of kindness with It's Time for Kind programming! Come see a family-friendly movie celebrating the spirit of the season. For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Jan
3
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Mobile Device Computer Classes

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Bring your Google Android or Apple IOS device and learn how to use it.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Jan
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

New York Cares offers chess lessons for beginners and an opportunity for experienced players to get in the games.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Jan
5
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Family Movie

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Come join us for a family-friendly movie! (Rated PG-13 or below.)

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Jan
7
6:30PM

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7:30PM

New York Cares Presents Computers for Beginners

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Learn the basics: how to open an email account, navigate the Internet, and use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel programs.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Jan
10
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Birth Control Basics

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Join Dr. Sheela Maru, attending physician, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, for an interesting and informative workshop on birth control methods. During this session, participants will learn basic facts about how birth control works, as well as the pros and cons of specific methods. All are welcome.


Jan
17
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Escape the Room!

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

You have an hour to escape a locked room, using only your wits! Can you do it? Come find out! This is an escape room game for teens and tweens.


Feb
4
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Gentle Yoga

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Practice gentle, restorative yoga with certified instructor Mirelle Netelle.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Feb
4
6:45PM

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7:45PM

Basic Qigong for Better Health

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Create a sense of smiling from inside out with Qigong (Chinese yoga) - an ancient set of naturally self-healing practices that will increase strength and vitality.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Woodside Community Library has:

  • 16 Public Computers
  • Free internet access
  • Microsoft Office Software
  • Limited free printing
  • Live homework help online through Tutor.com. Please contact the library for more details.

     

 

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International Language Collections at the Woodside Community Library include:

  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • Hindi
  • Korean
  • Spanish

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Woodside Community Library include:

  • Citizenship
  • ESOL
  • Audio Books
  • Large Print
  • Graphic Novels
  • Careers
  • Classical Music
  • Periodicals
  • Rotating Language Collection

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public Elementary Schools
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Bright Beginnings
49-22 30th Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 777-6664
Maspeth Town Hall PS 229
67-25 51st Road
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 446-2120
NYCHA Woodside Community Center
50-19 Broadway
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 932-0771 Rainbow Christian
Rainbow Christian Pre-School & Kindergarten
72-01 43rd Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 335-3361
Rainbowland Nursery School
39-60 54th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 899-7590
Sports & Arts in School Foundation IS 125
46-02 47th Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 752-9210
YMCA Virtual Y P.S. 229
67-25 51st Road
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 392-7932
Woodside Children’s Center
50-37 Broadway
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718)-278-3616
Woodside’s Montessori
39-04 61st Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 205-7570
Towers Play-N-Learn
60-10A 47th Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 478-3885
  

Community Board
Community Board District # 2
43-22 50th Street
Woodside New York , 11377
phone: (718) 533-8773
  

Community Organizations & Services
Queens Child Guidance Center
60-02 Queens Boulevard
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718)-651-7770 ext. 202
fax: (718)-651-5029
Woodside on the Move
39-42 59th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 476-8449
fax: (718) 476-6946
Anoroc Democratic Club
45-25 47th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 784-2193
VFW Post 2813
51-27 Queens Boulevard
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 335-0700
Catholic War Veterans Post 870
39-46 61st Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 476-8539
Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside
45-25 47th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 784-2468
United Forties Civic Association
45th Street and 50th Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (917) 650-7776
Sunnyside/Woodside Lions Club
42-09 47th Avenue 1B)
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 784-8437
 

Fire Department
Engine 325 / Ladder 163
41-24 51st Street
Woodside NY , 11377
  

Local Hospitals
Elmhurst Hospital Center
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 334-4000
Queens Blvd Ext Care Facility
61 - 11 Queens Boulevard
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 205-0288
Family Health Center
57-18 Woodside Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 898-9494
fax: (718) 898-5023
Western Queens Alcoholism Center
62-07 Woodside Avenue
NY , phone: (718) 898-5085
Woodside Clinic
67-14 41st Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 458-4243
fax: (718)-458-4481
 

Local Newspapers
Woodside Herald
43-11 Greenpoint Avenue
Sunnyside NY , 11104
phone: (718) 729-3772
fax: (718) 729-8614
Woodside times

Parks and Playgrounds
Bush Park
61st Street, N/S Brooklyn-Queens Expressway
Dough Boy Park
Woodside Ave, Between 54th and 56th Street
Windmuller Park
52nd to 54th Street, Woodside Ave, 39th Road, 39th
Brig Gen Jos T. Hart Memorial Playground
65th to 69th Streets, 37th Avenue, Broadway
Carl R Sohncke Square
Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside Avenue, 58th Street
Winfield Plaza
Woodside Avenue, E/S Brooklyn-Queens Expressway
Woodside Park
Roosevelt Avenue, 60th Street, Woodside Avenue
  

Police Department
108th Precinct
5-47 50th Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11105
phone: (718) 784 -5411
  

Post Office
Woodside Station
39-25 61st Street
Woodside NY , 11377-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Sebastian (PK-8)
39-76 58th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 429-1982
Razi School (PK-12)
55-11 Queens Blvd
Wodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 429-4700
St. Illuminator's Armenian Day (PK-6)
69-23 47th Ave
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 478-4073
Greater New York Academy
41-32 58th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 639-1752
ABC Child Care
66-26 Laurel Hill Boulevard
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 672-2292
B V M Help Of Christians School (PK-8)
70-20 47th Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 639-8042
Corpus Christi School (PK-8)
31-29 60th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 721-2484
Greater Ny Sda Academy (9-12)
41-32 58th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 639-1752
Jackson Heights School Sda (K-8)
72-25 Woodside Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 426-5729
St Teresa School (PK-8)
50-15 44th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 784-0178
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. 011 Kathryn Phelan (K-6)
54-25 Skillman Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718)-779-2090
fax: (718) 458-6362
P.S. 012 James B. Colgate (K-5)
42-00 72nd Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 424-5905
fax: (718) 424-0207
P.S. 151 Mary D. Carter School
50-05 31 Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718)728-2676
fax: (718) 545-2028(718) 545-2028
P.S. 152 Gwendoline Alleyne (K-6)
33-52 62nd Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 429-3141
fax: (718) 779-7532
P.S. 229 Emanuel Kaplan (PK-7)
67-25 51 Road
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 446-2120
fax: (718) 672-3117
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
I.S. 125 Thomas J. McCann (5-8)
46-02 47 Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 937-0320
fax: (718) 361-2451
  

Senior Centers
Woodside Senior Center
50 - 37 Newtown Road Building 19
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 932-6916
Woodside Senior Assistance Program
61-20 Woodside Ave
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 779-1234
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Jimmy Van Bramer
JVanBramer@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 47-01 Queens Boulevard, Suite 205
Sunnyside NY, 11104
phone: (718) 383-9566
fax: (718) 383-9076
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1882
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7370
fax: (212) 513-7195
NYS Assembly
Hon. Brian Barnwell
BarnwellB@nyassembly.gov
District Office 55-19 69th Street
Maspeth NY, 11378
phone: (718) 651-3185
fax: (718) 651-3027
Albany Office LOB, Room 921
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4755
fax: (518) 455-5032
NYS Senate
Hon. Michael Gianaris
Gianaris@nysenate.gov
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 728-0960
fax: (718) 728-0963
Albany Office Capitol Building, Room 413
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3486
fax: (518) 426-6929
US Congress
Hon. Joseph Crowley
District Office 82-11 37th Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11372
phone: (718) 779-1400
fax: (718) 505-0156
Legislative Office 1035 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3965
fax: (202) 225-1909
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Woodside is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Queens. Although it was inhabited by European settlers in the early years, it did not grow substantially until the 1800s because it was a dangerous and isolated area of snake-infested swamps and wolf-inhabited woods. In the1860’s, the first developers, Benjamin W. Hitchcock and John Andrew Kelly, moved in and the Community of Woodside was formed. Kelly built a home that he called “Woodside” after the nearby forests. The name also became popular from a series of newspaper articles he wrote from his home. In 1869, more than one thousand lots were laid out by Benjamin Hitchcock, generating the first massive building of the new village Woodside.

The completion of the Queensboro Bridge and subway tracks allowed more people to migrate into Woodside and the population reached 6000 by 1910. Eventually the city of New York and other developers began building in the area to accommodate the influx of people. Woodside has since grown as a mixed residential, commercial, and manufacturing suburb for working class people.

Public library service didn’t arrive in Woodside until 1908 when the Woodside Improvement Association succeeded in converting Mr. H. Wikters’ General Store into a public library, known as a “traveling library station”. On June 19, 1910, the city-funded branch library opened to the public with Anna Burns as librarian. The library was housed on the first floor of a two-story frame building on the southwest corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 58th Street. During World War I, the library served as a community activity center. The branch later temporarily relocated to a newly built store at 59-12 Woodside Avenue until 1932 when it moved to its permanent location on the southwest corner of 55th Street and Skillman Avenue. In 1963, after the building underwent extensive renovation and rehabilitation, it reopened to the public with a new entrance on Skillman Avenue. The branch building was again updated in 1999, improving access to the building for those with disabilities. The Woodside Community Library primarily serves the area bounded by Northern Boulevard to the north, Maurice Ave to the south, 50th St. to the east, and Brooklyn–Queens Expressway to the west. Among the residents of Woodside, most are immigrants. Chinese immigrants are the largest group. Ecuadorians are the second largest group. Koreans, Colombians, Bangladesh, Filipinos, Asian Indians, Guyanese, Peruvians and Irish are also well represented in Woodside.

More information about the Woodside community is available from the following sources:

Woodside at a glance:www.maxhome.netfirms.com/

Woodside: a tour through the past, present, and culture of a historic urban community:http://users.bestweb.net/~brouwer/

Catherine Gregory: Woodside, Queens County, New York : a historical perspective, 1652-1994.

Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one of two American men and one of three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Queens Library HealthLink seeks to increase access to cancer screening and cancer treatment among medically underserved communities in Queens. Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership between Queens Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.